Kenai trail project shut down

Posted: Monday, May 31, 2010

KENAI - The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Friday issued a cease and desist order to a non-profit outfit doing improvements to a trail in Old Town Kenai.

The Youth Restoration Corps, a Soldotna-based organization founded by Kelly Wolf 14 years ago, was told to stop work until it could comply with state labor regulations.

Donna Glover, a wage and hour investigator with the department's Labor Standards and Safety Division, delivered the paperwork to the job site.

YRC was in the process of improving a walking trail from the top of the bluff in Old Town, down to the access road behind the dunes on the beach.

Glover said a number of issues needed to be addressed before the group could continue work. She said work permits needed to be filed for members of the crew under 18. She said the group also needs to file payroll reports with the state.

Wolf said he was told that since his group doesn't work more than eight hours a day, work permits weren't necessary as long as parents signed off for their children. Most of the crew members are between 16 and 19 years old.

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